Introducing Andrew Thomas, M.D. [Video]
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Andrew Thomas, M.D. is a Hand Surgeon at Summit Orthopedics in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. His specialties include hand, wrist, elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis and chronic pain, reconstructive surgery, and restoration of balance and function due to stroke or cerebral palsy.
Meet the Expert: Andrew Thomas, M.D.
Dr. Thomas’ approach: “I am continually amazed by the mixture of strength, elegance, and humanity that come together in my patients’ hands and feel fortunate to be able to play a role in helping them when they encounter disease or injury as they seek to return to strength and function.”
Dr. Thomas’ background: Dr. Thomas earned his undergraduate degree at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, and he went on to complete his medical studies at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. Later at Columbia University, he completed his residency at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital. Following his residency, he trained in multiple fellowship programs including those at The Indiana Hand Center in Indianapolis, Indiana, Arbeitsgemeinschaft fur Osteosynthefragen in Davos, Switzerland, and Zentrum für Ambulante Diagnostik und Chirurgie in Freiburg, Germany.
Summit Orthopedics provides personalized hand and wrist expertise
The function of our hands is integrated through our wrists and arms to our shoulders; a problem anywhere along our arm may have a significant impact on hand function and quality of life. If you experience an injury or uncomfortable symptoms, our fellowship-trained hand and wrist surgeons are here to help. Summit physicians receive the highest levels of training and exclusively provide individualized care for conditions of the hand, wrist, and elbow.
Summit has convenient locations across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We have state-of-the-art centers for comprehensive orthopedic care in Eagan, MN, Plymouth, MN, Vadnais Heights, MN, and Woodbury, MN, as well as additional community clinics throughout the metro and southern Minnesota.
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I’m Dr. Andrew Thomas, Summit Orthopedics. I’m a hand surgeon. Anytime you’re sick and an illness has happened, I think one of the most important jobs a physician does is defining the problem and create a plan. We can’t always fix the problem. But sometimes just knowing what the problem is, giving it a name, drawing a picture of it, and communicating what’s going to happen from here and how we’re going to get through this together. And emphasizing that it’s together: that you’re no longer alone. If a terrible thing has happened, if it’s a saw injury or if it’s a – you just aren’t able to garden anymore because your hand hurts, that you’re no longer alone with this thing, that there’s someone who can walk alongside you to the next place, wherever that next place is going to be. And we’ll get there together. We’re in an unusual position in the country, really, having eight fully trained, fully qualified hand surgeons who practice together. And the patients I don’t think always realize this, but when they’re seeing any one of us, they’re really seeing all eight of us. Because if things get difficult or complicated or we become flummoxed, which happens, we have seven other people. We regularly get together and sit around a table and bounce ideas off each other. And we all know different things and approach problems in different ways. And that’s an enormous benefit of this practice.
“I am continually amazed by the mixture of strength, elegance, and humanity that come together in my patients’ hands and feel fortunate to be able to play a role in helping them when they encounter disease or injury as they seek
to return to strength and function.”
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